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January 28, 2011

Jupiter Scar From Titanic-size Asteroid

It has been published recently that a "titanic-sized" asteroid has struck Jupiter on July 19th, 2009.

"Both the fact that the impact itself happened at all and the implication that it may well have been an asteroid rather than a comet shows us that the outer solar system is a complex, violent and dynamic place, and that many surprises may be out there waiting for us," said Glen Orton, a NASA astronomer.

With this said, it is becoming more and more evident that our universe can be a dangerous, and somewhat unpredictable, place. Should we worry on Earth? If we were struck by such a large object, what would happen? What do you guys think?

Article found here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110126171852.htm

Posted by jacobca at January 28, 2011 10:23 AM


I feel like we don't really need to worry about objects hitting us here on Earth unless there are many reports about some dangerous object coming towards us. As Professor Miller said today in class it is hard to predict the path of objects coming towards us because of all the forces that would interfere with the object's path before it comes close to us.

Posted by: rmousigi at January 28, 2011 09:19 PM

As the above comment mentioned also, Professor Miller explained on Friday how the orbit of Earth can help prevent us being hit by asteroids. To hear that Jupiter has been hit with a pretty big asteroid though, does not make me any more confident. I am interested to know which of the planets have a better or worse chance to be hit though, but I am sure it is very complicated

Posted by: scottymg at January 29, 2011 02:12 PM

I do not think that we need to worry about this happening to the Earth. As unpredictable as people think the universe is, we still have the technology to help us predict events such as this. I do not think that people need to fret about an asteroid like this striking our planet because we will figure it out before it actually happens. Also, like everyone above said the orbit of Earth can help us from being hit.

Posted by: melmccor at January 29, 2011 05:32 PM

Perhaps the planets' masses and the different gravitational pulls each one possesses influences its' likelihood of being hit by asteroids and such.
Also, I agree with plotting the near earth objects and the validity of the predictions; however, what if we do discover something headed our way? I'm pretty sure alot of the options like blowing it up--as it would create many many mini-asteroids--is out of the question, so what defense would we have against something as large as the "Titanic-sized" asteroid?

Posted by: ddeemidd at January 31, 2011 10:35 PM

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